Crisis responses

Crisis responses
CROATIA, Opatovac, 2015 | Family of refugees is treated in MAGNA clinic. Martin Bandzak/MAGNA

MAGNA supplies a wide range of answers: medical support such as surgery, psychological and nutritional programs. These are provided in existing hospitals or through the construction of temporary buildings if needed. MAGNA’s primary focus is on providing medical care, but in an emergency we can distribute relief items that contribute to physical and psychological survival. Such items include clothing, blankets, bedding, shelter, cleaning materials, cooking utensils and fuel. In an emergency similar to the Philippines in 2013, relief items are distributed as kits — like hygiene kit, this includes soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and laundry soap. Where people are left without shelter, MAGNA distributes emergency supplies such as rope, plastic sheeting or tents in order to provide them with a shelter.

MAGNA’s primary focus is on providing medical care. However, in an emergency we can distribute relief items that contribute to physical and psychological survival. Such items include clothing, blankets, bedding, shelter, cleaning materials, hygienic means, cooking utensils and fuel. In many emergency situations relief items are distributed as kits – like cooking kits including cooker, pots, plates, cups, knives and cutlery and canister so the family can prepare meals or hygiene kits including soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and laundry soap, so the family could wash themselves and wash their clothes.

The poorest tend to be particularly affected because of their fragile homes and living conditions. MAGNA provides many solutions to this situation: health care (for example surgical) or psychological and nutritional programs. These are provided in existing hospitals or through the construction of temporary buildings if needed. Items such as blankets, tents and cooking oil may also be provided. These activities are prepared thanks to extensive cooperation with national officials. We also take into account the importance of local initiatives and strategies as well as restrictions of international intervention with respect to time, quality and duration.

MAGNA has a medical team of doctors and nurses capable to intervene in humanitarian disasters all around the world. According to the needs, this team includes general surgeons, plastic surgeons, traumatologists, orthopaedics, anaesthesiologists, operating room nurses and logistics personnel.

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